State licensing delays hospital opening

KIMBERLY NICOLETTIsummit daily news

FRISCO – New patients are going to need a little more patience.St. Anthony’s Summit Medical Center delayed its projected Dec. 5 opening after state licensing officials pushed back their inspection date, originally scheduled to take place last Friday. They rescheduled because other investigations took priority, said Paul Chodkowski, hospital administrator.”Originally, Friday was what they were projecting, but that was a little ambitious,” said Bev Lilly, hospital spokesperson.Two inspectors arrived Monday and will complete their review of the hospital today.As of Monday afternoon, surveyors had found about five problem areas that needed to be corrected. They all included minor things related to supplies or procedures, such as needing more red trash cans, Chodkowski said.Chodkowski said the hospital would open Wednesday. He could not give a specific time because he wasn’t sure how many items the inspectors might find to rectify. The opening time also depends on deliveries, such as trash cans, and weather could delay transportation to Summit County, he said.A sign at the hospital alerts people that it will not open until Wednesday. So far, Chodkowski said no patients have shown up at the new hospital and there has been no confusion at the Summit Medical Center or at St. Anthony’s Summit Medical Center.Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 13624, or at

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